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"Pragna Puram is an effort to light the lamp of knowledge. It is an endeavour to merge the various streams of knowledge and add life into them: Shri Modi "
"We have the ability to give to the world. The world is talking about a global village right now but our forefathers gave the Mantra of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Shri Modi "
"Let knowledge come from everywhere. Under what flag it originated, that cannot be a prism for measuring it: Shri Modi "
"We are from the land of Nachiketa, who even had the courage to question Yamraj on what is death: Shri Modi on the need to inculcate the habit of asking questions in our youth"

 

On the evening of Thursday 16th May 2013 Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated Pragna Puram, the campus of the Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat (KCG). In a comprehensive speech, Shri Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of research, innovation and education and described Pragna Puram as an effort to further light the lamp of education in the lives of the people. Shri Modi pointed that Pragna Puram is an endeavour to merge the various streams of knowledge and add life into them. He also urged the people to support the effort made by the Government. Shri Modi declared that there is no bigger investment than spending on education and spending on educators because this is what creates generations.

Shri Modi pointed out that a nation like China has the barrier of language, which our youth does not. At the same time our youth has made a mark in the IT field yet, in computer engineering education the Chinese are ahead of us. Likewise, he shared that while five Chinese universities rank among the top universities of the world, there is not a single Indian university in this list and these are challenges for us. Shri Modi stated that India is the world’s most youthful nation and this is a demographic dividend but while China created 13 crore jobs in the last decade, India could not even create a few lakh jobs from 2004-2009. He affirmed that Gujarat made an effort but overall, if the numbers between India and China are compared there is a vast difference. At the same time, he said that along with tapping the demographic dividend of the youth, we should harness the longevity dividend, which is the experience of our senior citizens.

In his speech, the Chief Minister elaborated on the efforts of the Gujarat Government such as Gujarat Technology University, Innovation Commission and iCreate. “We have the ability to give to the world.  The world is talking about a global village right now but our forefathers gave the Mantra of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is a family),” he said. Shri Modi also affirmed that there cannot be any barrier to knowledge nor can it be classified as being from east or west. “Let knowledge come from everywhere. Under what flag it originated, that cannot be a prism for measuring it,” opined Shri Modi.

Shri Modi spoke about the importance of asking questions. He said that if there are no questions, how could one be inspired to see, hear and learn things? He declared, “We are from the land of Nachiketa, who even had the courage to question Yamraj on what is death!”

The Chief Minister brought out the time-tested link between our civilization and knowledge creation. He shared that Vallabhi in Gujarat was a very renowned university, which drew students from across the world. He also stated that years of slavery brought about a decline, which was left unchecked in the last 60 years since we attained Independence. Shri Modi added that there is a vacuum of 60 years and a lots remains to be done.

On the role of technology in our lives, Shri Modi said that it was increasing but at the same time we have to ask ourselves if we want to create robots or human beings. He added that while technology is important, there must be equal focus on the human angle, including art, literature, humour and emotions etc. Shri Modi spoke about the drawbacks of seeing everything only from an economic prism. He shared that God has given each human the inbuilt quality to rise but if society cannot help, then it becomes a burden.

Earlier, Education Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama spoke on the occasion. He spoke about the strides made by Gujarat in the field of education. Revenue Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel and Minister of State for Education Smt. Vasuben Trivedi were also present.

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PM Narendra Modi took a comprehensive review to ensure adequate medical grade oxygen supply in the country. Inputs from ministries like Health, DPIIT, Steel, Road Transport, etc were also shared with the PM. PM stressed that it is important to ensure synergy across ministries & state governments.

PM Modi also took a detailed review of current situation of oxygen supply and projected use in the coming 15 days across 12 high burden states (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan). An overview of district level situation in these states was presented to the PM.

PM was informed that the Centre and States are in regular contact and estimates for projected demand have been shared with states as on 20th April, 25th April & 30th April. Accordingly, 4,880 MT, 5,619 MT and 6,593 MT have been allocated to these 12 states for meeting their projected demand as on 20th April, 25th April and 30th April, respectively.

PM was briefed about production capacity in the country to meet the rising demand. PM suggested to increase oxygen production as per capacity of each plant. It was discussed that surplus stocks of oxygen supply in steel plants are being offered from medical use.

PM urged officials to ensure seamless and free movement of tankers carrying oxygen throughout the country. The Government has exempted all interstate movement of oxygen tankers from registration of permits to enable easier movement. PM was informed that States and transporters have been asked to ensure tankers move round the clock with drivers working in shifts to ensure faster turnaround and adequate capacity to meet the surge in demand. Cylinder filling plants will also be permitted 24 hour working with necessary safeguards. The Government is allowing Industrial cylinders to be used for medical oxygen after due purging. Similarly nitrogen and argon tankers will be automatically allowed to be converted to oxygen tankers to overcome the potential shortage of tankers.

Officers also briefed the PM about the efforts being made to import medical grade oxygen.